June 8, 2021
While the snow is starting to recede, most of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks remain snowbound. The valley bottoms have been snow-free for a while though and continued hot weather has dried out vegetation.
What is fire danger? Fire danger is an index that tells us how easily a fire could start, how difficult a fire may be to control and how long a fire might burn.
With current conditions, Fire Danger on the lower slopes of Mount Revelstoke and in the Beaver Valley of Glacier, quickly becomes more elevated with even short periods of hot, dry weather.
Parks Canada’s fire management team in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier work closely with BC Wildfire Service and neighbouring communities on wildfire preparedness, response and risk reduction.
Hazard tree removal in Glacier National Park
This week BC Wildfire Service fire crews will join Parks Canada crews to continue work in Loop Brook Campground. Woody debris from hazard tree removal is being piled up and burned. Smoke may be visible throughout Glacier National Park and specifically along the Trans-Canada Highway
The felled trees are being removed as leaving them could contribute to ongoing insect outbreak issues and/or increased wildfire risk. Over 600 are being processed for use in the Eastgate Landslide project. The East Gate Landslide area is almost as predictable as spring, with mud and debris flowing yearly down a narrow channel towards the valley, and the Trans-Canada Highway, below. Over the years, significant work has been completed to reduce the landslide’s impacts on the highway, including the construction of catchment basins and diversion dams to help prevent mud and debris from reaching the road. In 2020, Parks Canada piloted additional work to further reduce the East Gate landslide’s impacts on the highway. Focused on stabilizing the slide path itself, and slowing the downhill flow of mud and debris, a series of small dams were constructed in the main channel along with adjacent revegetation. The small dams constructed in 2020 proved successful and further work will be completed this year using lumber from the Rogers Pass hazard tree removal work.
Collaboration agreements are also in place with two local mills, one in Golden and one in Revelstoke, to haul the logs out of the park. In exchange, Parks Canada is receiving processed lumber for use on park projects such as trail, campgrounds and day use area repairs and improvements.
Temporary closures will be in place at visitor facilities and day use areas while crews and equipment are working. Watch for large trucks exiting off and on to the Trans-Canada Highway in Rogers Pass.
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Shelley Bird, Fire Information Officer